Which Came First? The Chicken or the Egg!
It is that age old question isn’t it?
I love eggs and I love chickens….to not only raise, but to eat.
Chicken Salad is one of my most favorite salads!
I love almost any kind of chicken, whether it be baked, broiled, bar-b-qued, fried, deep fried, chicken pot pie…well, you get the idea.
I grew up eating chicken every Sunday after church.
Well, sometimes it would be Pot Roast…but most Sundays…it was chicken, and fried was the method my Mother used most often.
A lot of that had to do with the fact that on the farm, we raised chickens. …so we always had fresh eggs for breakfast too.
I carried on that tradition when I married and we lived on the Ranch in N.M. and when we lived on the Farm in Missouri.
I have an old, tin pic on my counter top of a Plymouth Rock hen sitting on eggs that tells the story of my love of chickens and eggs.
And I really like the “heavy” breeds like Plymouth Rock (above) and the Buff Orpington (below) !
I would still be raising chickens if the city would allow me, but here in Cape Coral, Florida…there are lots of restrictions.
(I would love to sneak in one hen and hide her in the corner of my Secret Garden just to be able to have fresh eggs every day,…but alas, I have to obey the rules)
However, I am still searching for a farmer across the bridge who is willing to sell eggs ….but that is another story. ;(
You know there is nothing like a fresh egg…if you have ever tasted fresh eggs, you will know what I mean. The pic below shows a store bought egg on the left and a freshly laid egg from a farm on the right.
The yolk is darker, larger and richer tasting than the store bought egg.
Enough about eggs and chickens….how about a recipe for chicken salad using dried cranberries?
Below is the recipe using left over chicken or you can use one of those rotisserie chickens at your supermarket.
Chicken Salad is soooooo good! So is egg salad!
Do you, my dear readers like to buy your eggs and chickens from the super market or from a local farmer?
- 1/2 cup miracle whip or you can use mayonnaise
- 1/2 sour cream
- 1 tablespoon of finely chopped sweet pickle or you can use pickle relish.
- 1/2 cup of celery, sliced thin
- 1/4 cup of finely minced red onion
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1/2 cup of sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup of dried cranberries (you could also use dried cherries)
- 2 cups of chopped, shredded chicken (I use a Rotisserie chicken from my Supermarket Deli)
- sliced green onions for garnish on the top
- Lettuce "shells"
- Mix the Miracle Whip and sour cream together in a medium sized bowl
- Add the pickles, celery, red onion, and garlic powder, stirring well to distribute evenly
- Add the dried cranberries and the chopped chicken.
- Scoop the chicken salad onto a large lettuce leaf and top with green onion slices.
- You can also use this recipe for chicken salad sandwiches....simply yummy!